Beautifully made sew on patches featuring logos linked to a moment in our history, produced by local studio Wild & Kind CIC.
About each logo
Glasgow Women’s Library
Adele Patrick talks about the origins of the GWL logo and the other featured logos from GWL’s history in this blog post. Of the GWL logo, she says: “In 1990 when I put pencil to paper I was looking to create a symbol, taking the cue from Women at Work, that could be understood without the person coming across it having much or any confidence in reading English, (basically fusing the international symbols for information and women) that didn’t specify the ‘type’ of woman who might use our Library and didn’t feature books (we were always focussed on providing information and materials in other forms). It was an image that could be readily reproduced in colour and black and white, and could be customised, made easily into stencils and had a little of the mischievousness that characterised GWL at its root.
“I loved the idea then of a green woman striding into a Library of her own to pick up the information she needed to change the world, and still do today.”
Women at Work
The Women at Work logo was designed by Julie Roberts in 1990 and first featured on a poster for Castlemilk Womanhouse, a project designed and delivered by Women in Profile, the women’s organisation that was to give birth to GWL. Julie Roberts was working on a key Women in Profile project in 1990, alongside artists Cathy Wilkes and Rachael Harris. This fascinating project has been documented by Alice Andrews here.
Women In Profile
The Women in Profile or ‘radiant women’s head’ logo was designed by Adele Patrick in the late 1980’s. Adele recalls: “One of the Women in Profile team (we were all volunteers at that time), artist Rachael Harris, gave me a lead printing plate (perhaps first used in a popular magazine or newspaper advert?) she had found as a birthday gift. We had recently adopted the title Women in Profile for our group and I began to use this enigmatic image of an unknown woman in designs for zines, posters and publications, and it grew into a logo for our work. This was a time before PCs, before digital layout, before electronic cutting, pasting, designing and publishing! […] Sometime later when I was designing the early Women in Profile newsletters I used the head in various formats. Around this time I added commas and full stops, enlarged through photocopying and then cut and pasted around the head, to emphasise this was a woman radiating action.”
Jobs For The Girls
The Jobs for The Girls logo was designed by Rachael Harris while she was working on a key Women in Profile project in 1990, alongside artists Cathy Wilkes and Julie Roberts. This fascinating project has been documented by Alice Andrews here.
The Lesbian Avengers were a direct-action group originally founded in 1992 in New York to highlight lesbian issues and visibility, with groups setting up across the world, including in Glasgow. The distinctive cartoon bomb logo was designed by Carrie Moyer.
The Glasgow Chapter of the Lesbian Avengers protested against Section 28 until the law was repealed in 2000.
GWL Logo Patches
Sew on patches
Approximately 6.5cm across
Patches produced in Bridgeton (our neighbourhood) by Wild & Kind CIC using high quality Madeira Classic thread, a 100% natural rayon viscose.